Fred Anderson CD Release / Douglas Ewart & Inventions at the Velvet Lounge

Mwata Bowden
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In related pieces of news, Fred Anderson has a CD / DVD set coming out and Douglas Ewart will play the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.

On Tuesday, October 14th the Velvet Lounge in Chicago will present Fred Anderson’s release party for 21st Century Chase DVD & CD on Delmark records, which was recorded live at the Velvet Lounge on on Fred’s 80th birthday, March 22, 2009. The ensemble features Fred Anderson on tenor sax, Harrison Bankhead on bass/cello, Avreeayl Ra on drums/mbira/percussion.

Then this weekend, Douglas Ewart & Inventions will be performing at the Velvet Lounge on Saturday, October 17th. Douglas Ewart & Inventions features Douglas Ewart on woodwinds and percussion, Mankwe Ndosi on vocals, Mwata Bowden on woodwinds, Ed Wilkerson on woodwinds, Darius Savage on bass, Dushun Mosley on drums, and Duriel Harris on vocals.

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Chicago Jazz Festival Coverage

Below are a handful of links and articles on the avant goings-on at this past weekend’s Chicago Jazz Festival.

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Tribute builds on innovations of a jazz giant

chicagotribune.com reviews the recent Fred Anderson celebration.

Eightieth birthday parties don’t get much better — or more artistically inspired — than this concert, presented as part of the “Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz” series. And though Chicago celebrated saxophonist Fred Anderson’s milestone earlier this year in his landmark South Side club, the Velvet Lounge, Thursday night’s concert in Millennium Park more closely resembled a civic event.

Jazz listeners around the world know Anderson as a visionary improviser who can create galvanic solos that bridge the bebop era and the free-jazz epoch that eventually followed.

But Anderson’s singular compositions are less well known, a situation this evening was designed to remedy — and did. One by one, musicians young and not-so-young conducted their own orchestrations of Anderson’s tunes. Each piece pointed to a different facet of Anderson’s muse and showed how subsequent generations are building on his achievements.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Rakalam Bob Moses – Father’s Day B’hash (Sunnyside Records, 2009) ****

Friday, June 19, 2009
Miroslav Vitous Group – Remembering Weather Report (ECM, 2009) ****½

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Back & Forth – Unavoidable Casualty (Thin Consolation, 2009) ****

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Ken Vandermark – Resonance (Not Two, 2008) ****½

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Fred Anderson – Staying In The Game (ESP, 2009) ****

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Umbrella Music Through March 29

Matana Roberts Chicago Project
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 25 March 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Anderson/Bankhead/Daisy
Fred Anderson – tenor sax
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
In celebration of Fred Anderson’s 80th Birthday
two sets
$12 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Peter Margasak gets Brassy

Thursday, 26 March 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Frankenstein
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Sunday, 29 March 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | An Evening with Michael Wilhelmi
Berlin pianist Michael Wilhelmi with mixed Chicago groupings

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Umbrella Music Through March 26

Nate Lepine at the Hideout, Chicago IL
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 15 March 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Nate Lepine Trio
Lineup TBA

Wednesday, 18 March 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Gratkowski/Drake
Frank Gratkowski – reeds
Hamid Drake – drums
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Jason Adasiewicz spins Mallets A-Plenty

Thursday, 19 March 2009
We suggest:
Fred Anderson‘s Birthday Celebration at the Velvet Lounge!

Sunday, 22 March 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Caroline Davis/Patrick Breiner Group
Caroline Davis – alto saxophone
Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone
Others TBA

Wednesday, 25 March 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Anderson/Bankhead/Daisy
Fred Anderson – tenor sax
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
In celebration of Fred Anderson’s 80th Birthday
two sets
$12 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Peter Margasak gets Brassy

Thursday, 26 March 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Frankenstein
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

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Fred Anderson Week in Chicago

Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell, Fred Anderson
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Umbrella Music hosts a bunch of shows in honor of Fred Anderson’s 80th birthday.

FRED ANDERSON’S 80TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE FESTIVAL

A.K.A. the Velvet Lounge “Bailout” Festival
(all proceeds to benefit the Velvet Lounge)

All events, except the March 25th bonus gig, at:
The Velvet Lounge
67 E Cermak
312.791.9050
http://www.velvetlounge.net
Sunday, March 15 : AACM CHICAGO’S GREAT BLACK MUSIC ENSEMBLE TRIBUTE
7:00PM | Great Black Music Ensemble

Featuring original compositions dedicated to Fred Anderson, with a special guest appearance by Fred Anderson
Wednesday, March 18 : MASTERS SERIES TRIBUTE
8:30PM

Richard Davis and Willie Pickens
10:00PM

Edwin Daugherty, Ari Brown, Dawi Williams, Dushun Mosley with special guests Douglas R. Ewart and Henry Grimes
Thursday, March 19 : JUSTIN DILLARD TRIBUTE
8:30PM | Justin Dillard and the D-O-3-O Organ Trio

Justin Dillard, Dave Miller, Cliff Wallace, special guest Mike Moynihan
10:00PM | Kahil El’ Zabar Trio

Kahil El’ Zabar, Justin Dillard, Junius Paul with special guest Ernest Dawkins
Friday, March 20 : ASIAN IMPROV RECORDS TRIBUTE
9:00PM | Chicago Clarinet Quartet

Jeff Chan, Mwata Bowden, Ed Wilkerson, special guest Jimmy Ellis
10:30PM | Tatsu Aoki and Miyumi Project

“Big Band Edition” with special guests Jeff Chan, Jimmy Ellis, Ed Wilkerson, Jeff Parker, Avreeayl Ra
12:00AM

Fred Anderson, Jeff Parker, Tatsu Aoki and Chad Taylor
Record release for the limited edition “official bootleg” cd of the Fred Anderson Trio featuring Tatsu Aoki and Chad Taylor recorded Live at the Velvet Lounge, March 22, 2000, Fred’s 72nd birthday, on Asian Improv Records
Saturday, March 21 : “BLACKOUT FESTIVAL” TRIBUTE
8:00PM | Ernest Dawkins and the New Horizons Ensemble

Ernest Dawkins, Steve Berry, Darius Savage, Isaiah Spencer, special guest Corey Wilkes
9:30PM | Dee Alexander Quartet

Dee Alexander, Miguel de la Cerna, Harrison Bankhead, Frank Parker Jr, with special guest Nicole Mitchell
11:00PM | Ari Brown Quartet

Ari Brown, Kirk Brown, Yosef ben Israel, Avreeayl Ra, with special guest Pharez Whitted
12:30AM | “Jam for Fred”

Above artists plus special guests Hamiet Bluiett, Henry Grimes and more
Presenting the First Annual Chicago Creative Excellence in Music Awards. Nominations at chi-creates.tv
Sunday, March 22 : FRED ANDERSON’S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!
7:00PM

Fred Anderson, Jeff Parker, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake, with special guest Kidd Jordan
8:30PM

Above, with special guests Billy Brimfield, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor, Francis Wong
10:00PM | Free Jazz Jam

Above, with surprise special guests
11:30PM | Isaiah Spencer and the Velvet Jam All-Stars

Isaiah Spencer, Kevin Nabors, Chris McBride, Scott Hesse, Junius Paul, followed by the Velvet Lounge Jazz Jam
Wednesday, March 25 : IMMEDIATE SOUND TRIBUTE

NOTE: At the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 773.227.4433
9:30PM

Two Sets by Fred Anderson, Harrison Bankhead, Tim Daisy

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Fred Anderson’s 80th Birthday

Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell, Fred Anderson
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Chicago’s Velvet Lounge will be the place for Anderson’s upcoming birthday celebrations.

There will be a series of gala celebration concerts for the great Chicago master tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson‘s 80th birthday (which is on March 22nd).

The dates for the festivities are Sunday, March 15th; Wednesday-Sunday, March 18th-22nd; and Wednesday, March 25th.

All the concerts will take place at Fred’s Velvet Lounge, 67 East Cermak Rd. betw. S. Michigan & S. Wabash Ave’s, Chicago, 312-791-9O5O
http:://www.velvetlounge.net

Except that the program on March 25th is at the Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, 773-227-4433.

Musicians participating on the various nights will include: Fred Anderson / Harrison Bankhead / Hamiet Bluiett / Mwata Bowden / Billy Brimfield / Ari Brown / Richard Davis / Ernest Dawkins / Hamid Drake / Kahil el’Zabar / Douglas Ewart / Henry Grimes / Edward “Kidd” Jordan / Nicole Mitchell / Dushun Mosley / Jeff Parker / Avreeayl Ra / Chad Taylor / Ed Wilkerson, Jr. / Corey Wilkes / Francis Wong / the star-studded AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, and many more throughout the festivities.

Times and ticket prices vary; advance tickets are recommended and available from the Velvet Lounge; and all proceeds benefit the Velvet Lounge. A local map is available at
http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=67+E+Cermak+Rd,+Chicago,+IL+60616.

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Paul Bley – Hands On (1997, piano)
Fred Anderson – Live in Verona (1979, free jazz)
Fred Anderson – Dark Day (1979, free jazz)
Fred Anderson – Back at the Velvet Lounge (2003, free jazz)
Fred Anderson – The Milwaukee Tapes vol. 1 (1980, free jazz)
Robert Barry / Fred Anderson – Duets 2001 (2001, free jazz)
My Dying Bride – The Angel and the Dark River (1995, avant-metal)
My Dying Bride – Like Gods of the Sun (1996, avant-metal)
George Cartwright’s Gloryland Ponycat – Black Ants Crawling (2003, free jazz)
Henry Threadgill / Make a Move – Where’s Your Cup? (1997, free jazz)
John Zorn – Filmworks XXII: The Last Supper (2008, modern classical)
The Microscopic Septet – Lobster Leaps In (2008, avant-jazz)
What We Live – Never Was (1998, free jazz)
Roscoe Mitchell – Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound and Space Ensembles (1984, free jazz)

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